Rash

ExitCare ImageA rash is a change in the color or texture of your skin. There are many different types of rashes. You may have other problems that accompany your rash.

CAUSES

  • Infections.

  • Allergic reactions. This can include allergies to pets or foods.

  • Certain medicines.

  • Exposure to certain chemicals, soaps, or cosmetics.

  • Heat.

  • Exposure to poisonous plants.

  • Tumors, both cancerous and noncancerous.

SYMPTOMS

  • Redness.

  • Scaly skin.

  • Itchy skin.

  • Dry or cracked skin.

  • Bumps.

  • Blisters.

  • Pain.

DIAGNOSIS

Your caregiver may do a physical exam to determine what type of rash you have. A skin sample (biopsy) may be taken and examined under a microscope.

TREATMENT

Treatment depends on the type of rash you have. Your caregiver may prescribe certain medicines. For serious conditions, you may need to see a skin doctor (dermatologist).

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Avoid the substance that caused your rash.

  • Do not scratch your rash. This can cause infection.

  • You may take cool baths to help stop itching.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines as directed by your caregiver.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments as directed by your caregiver.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have increasing pain, swelling, or redness.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have new or severe symptoms.

  • You have body aches, diarrhea, or vomiting.

  • Your rash is not better after 3 days.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.